The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973

Book Reviews

Katz has decided against using extensive footnoting and full scholarly
apparatus, although there are citations for the documents, a list of
illustration credits, and a lengthy annotated bibliography of mainly
secondary sources. Someone, however, should have caught the needless
errors and inconsistencies before going to press: the House and not
the Senate (p. 92) censured Ohio congressman Joshua Giddings;
Arkansas did not have 8,493,353 public school pupils in 1850 (p. 86);
and a problem of historical sequence arises in suggesting (pp. 94-95)
that Giddings and Salmon P. Chase "became founders" of antislavery
political parties after their opposition to the 185o Fugitive Slave Law
when, in fact, the parties mentioned predated that law.
University of Akron ROBERT L. ZANGRANDO
The Last Captive. By A. C. Greene. (Austin: The Encino Press, 1972.
Pp. xxi+ 61. Illustrations, notes, bibliography. $8.95.)
The story of Herman Lehmann, like that of Cynthia Ann Parker,
ranks among the Southwest's most celebrated Indian captivity narra-
tives. In The Last Captive, A. C. Greene has synthesized two previously
published accounts to create a "third Herman Lehmann story." The
first of these appeared in 1899 in A Condensed History of the Apache
and Comanche Indian Tribes by Jonathan H. Jones. The cloth cover
of this San Antonio-published rarity bears the title Indianology be-
neath the gilt portrait of a savage bedecked in a feather and claw
necklace. J. Marvin Hunter, in 1927, edited and retold the story in
Nine Years Among the Indians 187o-x879 by Herman Lehmann; It
is this latter title that is best known and most frequently cited.
Lehmann was eleven years old in 1870 when Apache Indians cap-
tured him from the family farm in Mason County. He was adopted
into the tribe, assumed Indian ways, and participated in their killings
and forays. He was the last captive, who returned to civilization to
tell about it, at the end of the epoch in which Texas Indians futilely
fought to preserve their nomadic tribal existence. What further makes
his experience unique is that he lived until modern times, thus be-
coming a bridge between the age of the flint knife and the threshold
of the atomic era.
Throughout the narrative, Greene has appended notes consisting
largely of supplemental material from the 1899 and 1927 versions, as
well as corroborative testimony from other contemporary sources.
These sidelights, which reflect considerable research and collation, add


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